Thursday, November 01, 2007
Students Wearing Ku Klux Klan Halloween Costumes At Ontario (Canada) School Cause Black Student To Flee "In Tears"
A black student fled a Cornwall, Ontario, Canada school foyer in tears this Halloween after seeing a schoolmate dressed as member of a white supremacist group that terrorized blacks in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Full story published November 1st, 2007 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Additional story posted by the Kingston Whig-Standard.
Grade 12 student Mira Tshilombo told CBC's Ontario Today that she was in shock when she arrived at Cornwall Collegiate Vocational School on Halloween to see someone clad in the Ku Klux Klan's unmistakable white robe with a pointed hood, and carrying a noose.
"I couldn't believe that people like that would wear something like that on Halloween, knowing it's not a joke and that people have dealt with that in their lives," said Tshilombo, who complained to the school's vice principal. "He told me it's Halloween and that people are going to be wearing costumes … and that all he could do was see if she wants to take it off or not."
Principal Brenda Beaudette said school officials reacted as quickly as they could, but the masked student had already left the building. They finally managed to track the student down later in the day. "We discussed how the wardrobe that she had chosen to wear was unacceptable and offensive, and the student expressed deep and sincere remorse," said Beaudette.
There were at least two other students dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes at the school Wednesday, she added, and school officials are investigating reports that a number of students may have worn them throughout the morning. But Beaudette would not say whether any of the students would be disciplined.
The Kingston Whig-Standard offered more information. The three students decked out in Klan regalia were described as First Nations people. This means they are Canadian Natives, or Eskimos (frequently referred to as "chugs" because of their propensity to consume or "chug" alcohol and their purported inability to metabolize it efficiently). They said they wore the Klan regalia as a joke, to make fun of the Klan.
Wouldn't it have been more interesting if it were black students who dressed up as Klansmen? LOL!